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Torgerson Announces Run for Congress

The second-time candidate said incumbent Keith Ellison "needs to be exposed as a radical Islamist."

Lynne Torgerson announced Sunday she would run as a Republican in 2012 for the office of U.S. Representative in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which includes St Louis Park.

The announcement came at a home-turned-campaign headquarters in northeast Minneapolis before a small gathering of supporters.

With her campaign theme song, "Oh, Happy Day," playing in the background, Torgerson said she was "entering the race to stand for the moral, Judeo-Christian values the country was founded upon.

"That's our foundation, and if we don't have our foundation in place, then the economy and things aren't going to be doing so well."

Ran in 2010

Torgerson is a Minneapolis attorney who ran against the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN), as an independent in 2010.

She expressed support for "traditional family values" and opposition toward gay-rights legislation.

She said she believes "government can't create jobs, but we can create an environment in which businesses can flourish." And she said she would seek to "greatly curtail the power of the unions."

Sharia Law Charge

Torgerson went on to say:

It is important ... to support our U.S. Constitution. I think I still need to expose Keith Ellison for being a radical Islamist.

I do believe that he says he does eventually want to replace the U.S. Constitution with Sharia law.

He evaded the question. He refuses to state that the U.S. Constitution should be supreme over Sharia law, which is to me quite surprising.

He talked about how the Constitution has been amended and it appears that he would amend the Constitution to incorporate Sharia law.

Other Issues

Torgerson also voiced support for "green energy," "a better food supply—organic foods, non-genetically-altered foods;" reducing the national debt, and health-care reform—including the need "to reduce the power of health insurance companies dramatically."

At the end of her announcement, Torgerson proposed a toast "to victory in 2012. And if not then, 2020."

Lee September 13, 2011 at 02:48 AM
I think Kieth is for his agenda, not ours. Lynne wants to keep the values this country was founded on. Let focus on new inventions, not more government jobs.
Rob September 13, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Typical underhanded politics. Rather than engage in policy debate, or work on factual matters, she relies on fear mongering and HER religious fundamental beliefs to demonize her opponent.
Jess Ford September 13, 2011 at 04:33 PM
This reads like an Onion article. How does she know Ellison is a radical anything? It's just more of the same hatred wrapped in bible wrapping paper. Her candidacy is a non starter in this district. Like him or not, Keith wins this one.
Michael Hindin October 02, 2011 at 02:24 AM
The Republicans are scrapping the bottom of the barrel with Torgerson. Keith is so radical that the Bush Administration asked him to serve a goodwill ambassador to several Muslim countries. Oh and here comes the radical Muslim and Sharia smokescreen. I have yet to hear a Minnesota Muslim suggest that Sharia Law should be imposed on anyone. Notice Torgerson isn't concerned about Jewish Law or Canon Law. Protestant churches have their own sets of laws. The Bishops have been enforcing Canon law on the rest of us via civil law for centuries. Remember the struggle to remove civil law sanctions against teaching birth control. The anti Gay Marriage amendment is largely to enforce Canon law on the rest of us by the Bishops and Conservative Protestant leaders. Torgerson has nothing to offer but more fear and prejudice.
Joe Gardner October 23, 2011 at 04:49 PM
There will be a 3rd person to join the mix. Everyone keeps thinking that either the Dems or Reps are the answer. They are not. Both parties keep messing things up and not looking out for Minnesota or this District. I am sick and tired of these 2 parties screwing up this country and this State as well. Time for REAL change for a change. It can't all be taxing the rich and can't all be cuts after cuts. Neither will work. Everything needs to be on the table. There needs to be a mix of cuts and taxes. I leave this up to people that know more than me. Things need to be looked at as to what needs to be cut. I agree we have too big of Government. I don't believe for a second either that the private sector will do the right thing. Some government is needed. There is not enough space here for me to get into it deeper. As Chair for the 5th District of the Independence Party I believe that the only change will come when we start to elect people that are for getting Minnesota and this country back on the right track.

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